The variety and scope of both online degree programs and courses has expanded immensely in the past few years, and chances are, if there’s a degree program you’re interested in, you’ll find an online version of it. Do a basic Google search to see if your desired degree program is available as a distance program, or contact your most preferred schools to see if they offer online programs.
Most degree programs and courses are available online.
There are hundreds of different degree programs available through online schools, and even more classes, so most students will be able to find a program that suits their needs through at least one online school. Students can also begin their educational journeys online, starting with a certificate program, then moving on to an associate, then bachelor’s, then master’s degree.
With degrees available at all levels, majors running the gamut from graphic design to biology and schools offering a wide range of specialized training programs, most students will be hard pressed to find a major they’re interested in that isn’t offered online.
Some online programs have elements that must be completed offline.
Of course, students should check to see if any part of their program cannot be completed online. Programs like nursing, counseling and teaching will all require time spent working in a real world setting in a clinical or internship (and sometimes both). Other courses will require students to meet on campus several times during the semester to take tests, work with professors and complete necessary coursework. When choosing a school, students who need to take these kinds of programs should ideally select a program that’s close to home and easy to travel to so meetings and other requirements will not be difficult to work into a schedule.
Other degree programs are simply not practical or possible to offer online.
As of right now, there are some programs that simply cannot be offered online. Most of these are very specialized or require vast amounts of hands-on learning as part of their training. While it might not be convenient for students who would prefer to take online courses, these programs are often much better and produce more professional students when they are taught in person rather than at a distance. After all, you wouldn’t want a doctor working on you who had spent most of his or her education only reading about patients instead of actually interacting with them, would you?
While it’s unlikely that some degree programs will ever be offered online, the range of programs that are being offered is growing all the time and most students will find a program that meets their needs from a variety of online schools.